3 pets up for adoption in Greenville, Spartanburg, Anderson.

There are many animals in the Upstate looking for their forever homes.

Cats, dogs, kittens and puppies are among the animals available for adoption this holiday season.

But shelters caution people about choosing the right pets because many people return them after the holidays after realizing they’re not a good fit for their family.

About 6.5 million animals enter shelters each year, but only 3.2 are adopted. of Zebra.com Pet Adoption Statistics

when you Adopt a petYou save a life and make room in a shelter for other animals.

Pets are available at animal shelters in the Upstate, including:

Anderson County PAWS Adoption Center 1320 is located on Highway US 29 S. and is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.

Spartanburg Humane SocietyLocated at 150 Dexter Road, open Monday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m.

Greenville Humane Society 305 Airport Road is open Monday through Saturday from noon to 6:30 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Things to consider before adopting a pet

Are you ready to adopt? Choosing to adopt means you’ll be caring for an animal for its entire life, which can be 10 to 15 years for dogs and up to 20 years for cats.

Make sure you’re ready for that kind of commitment before you adopt.

Do your research before choosing a pet. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), to find out which pet is right for your home, you need to consider your personality and lifestyle, as well as space and time constraints. Such challenges should also be considered. Spent at home.

Be prepared to invest in your pet. Animal care, equipment, food, and training can be expensive. According to Petpedia, people spent $99 billion on their pets in 2020.

The cost of owning a cat is about $1,149 a year. According to American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty For animals, the cost of owning a dog depends on the breed.

A small breed costs $737, a medium breed costs $894, and a large breed costs $1,040.

If you are considering adoption, you should spend some time getting to know your chosen pet and meet them more than once.

It is best to bring your other pets to the shelter to meet your new pet to ensure they can get along. Finally, make sure you feel comfortable with the animal before bringing it home.

Here are some adorable companions looking for new homes.

Anderson County PAWS Shelter

This is Devine, said adoption supervisor Randy Lee Ashley. “He is a 3-year-old Labrador retriever mix who came to the shelter looking rough and underweight.”

Ashley said he has made a lot of progress and now looks much better and healthier. Devin is a super social dog who loves to play with both his human and canine friends.

If you want to meet Dewayne and find out how awesome he is, he’ll be waiting for you at Anderson County PAWS.

Spartanburg Humane Society

This is Zeus. He is the longest resident of the Spartanburg Humane Society. Humane Society CEO Engel Cox said he has been at the shelter for about four years.

He is a pit bull and weighs 62 pounds and has a fun personality. His favorite toys are soccer balls and milk cartons.

Cox said Zeus would be an ideal companion in a home without other pets. He doesn’t want to share his life with just another beloved resident.

He is almost seven years old so all he wants is a good life filled with lots of outdoor activities and hours of running around.

Greenville Humane Society

Meet Little Butt, a fast, sweet, playful 5-month-old who is ready to pounce on her forever home.

It’s everything you’d expect from a teenage kitten. Erin Simmons, outreach operations manager, said Little Bit loves to chase anything that moves and demonstrates her impressive climbing skills by scaling everything.

It would be best for Little Bit if she could live in a home with other pets that could teach her how to maximize playtime and appreciate catnaps as much as possible.

It is even better if there is a generous supply of delicious food in the house.

Little Bit is one of many pets at the Greenville Humane Society dreaming of finding the right family in time for the holidays.

To learn more about this and other animals available, visit www.greenvillehumane.com

How to help animals this holiday season.

1. To adopt

“When you adopt a pet, it creates space and opens up resources at the shelter for animals in need,” said Cox, CEO of the Spartanburg Humane Society.

2. Become a foster carer.

As a foster parent, Cox said residents can get a first-hand experience of having a companion animal in their own home while allowing their foster pet to decompress outside of the shelter and enjoy life in an adoptive home for the first time. Give a chance.

3. Donate needed supplies or funds.

Cox said residents can help their local shelter by donating funds, food, medicine and toys.

4. Volunteers

Residents can help clean, train and care for animals at your local shelter, Cox said. Volunteering helps the shelter save more animals by allowing them to use resources more efficiently.

5. Spread the word on social media.

Cox said social media can be used to share content and information about local shelters and rescues.

Such efforts can help spread awareness about adoption and support local organizations.

Travis Rose covers Anderson County for the Independent Mail. Reach him by email at trose@gannett.com.

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